Director Ted Pappas celebrates love and laughter with a lively new production of William Shakespeare’s rowdy and romantic comedy.
PITTSBURGH (January 12, 2017) Pittsburgh Public Theater plays on in grand style with William Shakespeare’s masterpiece of comedy, Twelfth Night. Directed by The Public’s Producing Artistic Director, Ted Pappas, Twelfth Night runs January 26 – February 26, 2017 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org. Twelfth Night is presented by Highmark.
William Shakespeare wrote Twelfth Night as a brilliant entertainment to end the holiday season for the Elizabethan court. Ted Pappas sets his production pre-World War I, with jazzy original music composed by Michael Moricz. The songs are sung by Feste, who is played by Broadway veteran (Rock of Ages) and Carnegie Mellon grad, Mitchell Jarvis. Accompanying him live on stage are Curio (Chad Bender on piano) and Valentine (Andrew Miller on guitar).
The action takes place in Illyria, where outspoken Viola (Carly Street) washes ashore after a shipwreck. The fact that she has a twin brother, Sebastian (Max Rosenak), complicates things as the play unfolds. Pretending to be a boy, Viola serves Duke Orsino (Timothy D. Stickney), who burns with unrequited passion for the noblewoman Olivia (Gretchen Egolf). But Viola’s gender disguise leads to an outrageously out-of-whack love triangle among the three.
Also causing a stir in Olivia’s household are carousers Sir Toby Belch (John Ahlin) and Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Daniel Krell). Along with the not-so-gentlewoman, Maria (Helena Ruoti), they trick pompous steward Malvolio (Brent Harris) into ridiculous public displays of affection for Olivia. Rounding out the cast in this play that’s both funny and moving in equal measures are Tony Bingham, Don DiGiulio, and Drew Stone.
The design team for Twelfth Night is James Noone (Scenic), Gabriel Berry (Costumes), Kirk Bookman (Lighting), and Zach Moore (Sound). Casting is by McCorkle Casting. The Production Stage Manager is Ruth E. Kramer and the Assistant Stage Manager is Phill Madore.
Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents
January 26 – February 26, 2017
Tuesdays at 7 pm.
Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm (except Feb. 8).
Saturdays at 2 pm (except Feb. 4) plus 2 pm on Thursday, Feb. 23.
Sundays at 2 & 7 pm (except Feb. 26 when the final show is at 2 pm).
Press Night is Thursday, Feb. 2. Opening Night is Friday, Feb. 3.
Ticket prices: $30 – $62. Tickets for students and age 26 and younger are $15.75.
Discounts for groups of 10+ are available by contacting Casey Helm at 412.316.8200 ext. 704 or email@example.com.
Ticket prices are subject to change.
For tickets call 412.316.1600, go to ppt.org, or visit
Try To Remember…. what is the longest running musical in the World? Why, its “The Fantasticks”! First performed in 1960, this show tells an incredible story of two Fathers who ploy to get their children together by staging a feud between them. The families are neighbors, and not above creating a outrageous plan to pair the children back together when the feud fails.
The Fantasticks is being performed September 29 – October 30, 2016 at the O’Reilly Theater.
“What is an English word for significant other? …Asshole!” – Venus in Fur
It was a dark and stormy night… when a dark haired woman (Whitney Maris Brown) stormed her way into an audition hours past closing, with no appointment, and no reservations. Vanda manipulates the playwright, Thomas (Christian Conn) into a last minute performance, in which he feels he is humoring her whim while wasting his time. She seems predictable, scattered and immature until she begins to read for the role of the female lead; rather, she unleashes a fresh side to a very vintage dominatrix in making.
Venus in Fur is “symbolic”, as mentioned several times between the show’s only two characters. The chemistry between them is erotic and intense. They share the control and bully each other to come out of their comfort zones as they invest their personal emotions into an imperfect script. There were no intermissions or breaks in the one scene show. It was especially refreshing to witness Brown’s portrayal of Vanda, uninhibited and sensually mysterious.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and the performance alike. I was nervous that the show was going to be overwhelming sexually, however I found it to be more psychological. It is a very intelligent script, about a script. The story moved seamlessly from “real” to “rehearsal” mode between the actors with different voice tones and inflections portraying several emotions and reactions, as well as subtle lighting and costume changes written into the action.
I highly recommend this show to those with a passion for arts, women and the art of being a woman. HAIL APHRODITE!
No Freudian slip in that headline… Venus in Fur (an adult themed stage production) IS in fact coming to Pittsburgh this month. Starting Thursday June 2, this Tony winning play runs through June 26, 2016 at the O’Reilly Theater. Read more…
Venus in Fur is written by David Ives and directed by Jesse Berger.
“A stage director anxiously searches for the perfect leading lady. An aspiring actress careens into the audition room, causing havoc and confusion. But in the course of an evening, while a storm rages outside, the erotic seduction of power takes center stage and the rules of domination are forever reversed. The New York Times review of this award-winning new play says it all: “Seriously smart and very funny.” (P.S. – Don’t bring the children!)”
– Pittsburgh Public Theater, 2016
I had never heard of this play before the invitation, though after reading a local review, I am intrigued to see it for myself. I spend most of my days playing in Romper Room with my kids, nieces and nephews, so this night out will be an incredible change in pace for me. I am excited to be a part of the shift in atmosphere, as the closing of the PPT season falls upon the opening of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, officially welcoming Summer to The Burgh.
For my first review of a Pittsburgh Public Theater Presentation, I will be in attendance at Goddess Night this Friday, June 3. In addition to the entertainment, admission to Goddess Night features local vendors and business who will be on hand to cater to mature desires.
To get tickets to Goddess Night (or another date), you can click this link. Tickets cost between $30.00 – $60.00, and all include the Experience and Amenities.